by Jan Walker
Browsing through the Digital Scrapper Gallery recently, I came across a fascinating page posted by Forum member and Premier subscriber judyinsd. The page showcases her grandmother’s home, and is packed with photos, circa 1911. Wow!
A hundred years ago, people were doing well to have photos taken of themselves and their families. But imagine the rare occasion, in those days, of having photographs made of the interior of someone’s home.
Judy’s grandmother made a picture album from those photos… kind of an early scrapbook… and Judy featured pages from the book on the layout she made. It was a great glimpse into the past and a fantastic inspiration for us to do just what her grandmother did.
Judy has now created a layout of her home today, to go with the page of her grandmother’s home:
So, I’ll challenge all of you to get out the camera and go room-to-room in your home, taking photos of the way you live today, so that 100 years from now, future generations will sit and marvel at your forethought to preserve those memories.
And hey… don’t just stop at your homes. Why not get a photo of your car (and maybe the price of fuel at the gas station!); an image of the front page of your local newspaper (while we still have those!); a shot of yourself in your favorite outfit… anything that would chronicle the way you live today. Then, make a page or two that you can share with your grandkids… so they can share with their grandkids… and so on down the line.
Thanks, Judy, for the inspiration! By preserving your grandmother’s images for generations to come, and by documenting your own home, you’re carrying on a great tradition, and helping us to do the same.